Tchai-Ovna House of Tea

Tchai-Ovna House of Tea
42 Otago Lane, Glasgow, G12 8PB
  • Box office 0141 357 4524
  • General enquiries 0141 357 4524
  • Opening times Mon–Sun 11am–11pm
  • Food served Mon–Sun 11am–11pm
  • Average price £11 (lunch); £11 (evening meal)
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A transcendent celebration of Slovak tea house culture tucked away in Glasgow’s West End.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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Any film crew needing an early 1970s hangout could do worse than check out Tchai-Ovna for a readymade set. It’s the embodiment of a laid-back hippie den. With its stone floors, colourful Eastern drapes, scattered cushions, shoogly tables and Turkish lamps, it has ‘chill out’ written all over it. Then there’s the tea – a breathtaking profusion taking up most of the menu with black teas, green teas, spiced teas, medicinal teas and fermented teas from across the globe. Nepalese gold is noteworthy – light and tangy with a mild calming warmth. Food includes snacks – dolmades, baba ganoush, cheeses and sandwiches – while the mains has falafel, red dhal, and a mixed platter of Middle Eastern delights. Chipotle chilli is buzzing with smoky roasted coconut and bright roast veg, served in a large portion with pitta. A small stage plays host to songwriters, poets and storytellers and a cosy candlelit charm descends on performance evenings.

  • High point: A rare alcohol-free environment
  • Low point: No table service – remember to order at kitchen
  • Notable dish: Nepalese gold tea
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  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Halal options, Gluten-free options
  • Music on stereo: Chill out/ Eastern folk/Jazz
  • Live entertainment: Sing songwriters/live jazz/poetry and story reading
  • Capacity: 40
  • Largest group: Bookings not taken
  • Open since: 2000

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